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Boracay measures


10.32 square kilometers and is located in the Western Visayas island-group also known as Region 6 of
the Philippines, 2 km north-west of Panay Island and 315 km to the south of the capital city of Manila on
Luzon Island.

Before outsiders discovered Boracay Island it was already inhabited by people called the Ati who
belonged to a Southeast Asian ethnic group labelled Negritos by the Spanish.

Negritos share features that suggest, like the Australian Aborigines, a more direct migration from Africa
than most other Asians.

Origin of the name

In the Ati’s dialect, the old word borac, meant cotton in reference to its sand, which was cotton like in
color and texture. Another version of the island’s naming came from an alternative meaning of borac
(bubbles) and bocay (white), as the Atis elders were amazed at the resemblance of the white sand to
water bubbles. The locals eventually became known as Boracaynons or the people of the Boracay.

History - Boracay Island

The Atis first depended on fishing supplemented by coconut, cassava and potato plantations until the
1940’s and 1950’s on this small but beautiful island. Until a few decades ago, there was no electricity, nor
was it known for its culture, art or architectural monuments. Then it was discovered by backpackers and
popularized by a travel book published by the German writer Jens Peter that described Boracay’s history
and called it the most beautiful island in Asia. He took photos from all over the island and made
postcards from them, which contributed to Boracay’s development into a backpacker’s hangout in the
1980’s and eventually one of the major tourist destinations in the Philippines.
Tourism - main attraction

Tourism - main attraction

The main attraction for tourists on Boracay is its beautiful beaches with powder-soft, white sand and
cool, clear blue-green waters. Its longest stretch of beach is 3 - 5 kilometers in length on the west coast.

The seas around Boracay still contain a large variety of marine life due to its extensive coral reefs
although they have been impacted by tourism and the use of dynamite for fishing.

Despite its popularity, Boracay still offers a serene ambiance to relax and some semblance of privacy too.
Boracay is comprised of three main communities- Yapak in the north, Balabag in the middle and Manoc-
Manoc in the south, in addition to numerous small communities.

Interesting caves

Boracay also has many caves like Bat cave, Crystal cave and Buslugan cave. These caves are located along
the rocky eastern coast of the Yapak region of the island. Kalikugan cave is located between Baling Hai
and Punta Bunga beaches. Many of these areas contain lush, tropical jungle.

Sightseeing - Boracay

It has developed a large number of modern resorts and recommended hotels with all the amenities for
tourists. Boracay is a place to keep you busy exploring day and night. With its magnificent beaches, its
majestic sunsets are a natural wonder. White Beach is the most popular beach and worth visiting to
watch people playing volleyball, jogging and building sandcastles. Boracay now offers modern facilities
and comforts such as fancy, air-conditioned bungalows, shops, discos, bars and restaurants with nightly
buffets of fresh local foods.

4,5/5 stars (1254 Votes)

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Office Boracay:
Evelyn Tolinero

00 63 (0) 9 217 38 73 72

00 63 (0) 9 479 83 85 15

00 63 (0) 362 88 77 94

mail (at) boracay-activities.ph


Office Europe:

Chris Lejeune

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